St. Paul's Secondary School, Oughterard

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Leaving Certificate 

On completion of Transition Year, student’s progress into the 2 year Leaving Certificate (LC) Established or the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP).

The new Leaving Certificate grading system was introduced in 2017 and allocates marks from a H1 – H8/O1 – O8 and provides a broader opportunity for students to achieve.

Note: For Higher Level Mathematics, 25 bonus points will be awarded for H6 grades and above.

Leaving Certificate Key Dates (Portfolios/Coursework and Practical Exams) and Exam Timetable will be posted here during the school year.

Please note that the senior cycle is currently under review by the NCCA. All updates can be seen here:


Leaving Certificate – Subject Choice 

State Examination Subjects

The core subjects for all senior students are:

  • Mathematics
  • Irish
  • English
  • French or German


Optional Subjects

Senior students then choose three additional option subjects to sit for the ‘State Examination’:

  • Design and Communication Graphics
  • Construction Studies
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Home Economics (Social & Scientific)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art, Craft and Design


Non-Examination Subjects

  • Religious Education
  • Career Guidance
  • Physical Education


In addition we offer the optional LCVP (Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme).